Applications are invited for a postdoctoral research position at the Kavli Institute for the Physics and Mathematics of the Universe (Kavli IPMU), Tokyo.
The Postdoctoral Scholar will work with Kavli IPMU faculty members Alexie Leauthaud (Weak Lensing), Kevin Bundy (Galaxy formation), Masahiro Takada (Cosmology), and Naoki Yasuda (Supernovae). The successful applicant will be expected to play an important role in the data analysis of the Hyper Suprime Cam (HSC) survey. This is a new survey to be carried out on the Subaru 8.2m telescope that is expected to begin in early 2014. The HSC survey will be a multi-wavelength survey with a Wide 1400 sq. deg component (g,r,i,zy) to i~26, a Deep component of 25 sq. deg (i~27), and an Ultra-Deep 7 sq. deg component (i~28). The HSC survey will bring major contributions to the fields of weak lensing, galaxy formation, quasars, transient objects, and high-redshift galaxies.
Experience with data analysis (PSF modeling, photometry, photometric redshifts, galaxy shape measurements) as well as with weak lensing, multi-wavelength surveys, galaxy clustering studies, galaxy-formation, and fitting spectral-energy distribution models are particularly desirable.
The successful applicant will be a member of the HSC survey team for the duration of their appointment and have access to all proprietary HSC survey data. The applicant will also work closely with other members of the HSC survey team at Princeton, Carnegie Mellon, and ASIAA.
Candidates should have obtained, by the starting date, a Ph.D. in astronomy, physics or equivalent. Interested candidates should send a CV, publication list, and research proposal describing their scientific interests in the HSC survey (or in large multi-wavelength data sets) in PDF format via email to email@example.com. Experience with data analysis should be mentioned in the research proposal. In addition, applicants should arrange to have three letters of reference sent to the same address.
The appointment is for two years, with a possible extension for a third year. Applications will be considered, beginning on March 15, 2013, until the position is filled.